Reviewed September 30th, 2020
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Sonos One



The Sonos One is a smart speaker that makes use of voice control with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It can be used to play music, set alarms, access the internet, etc. The speaker can be purchased for $199.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

January 2020

Sonos does not appear to have suffered a formal data breach. However, in January of 2020, the company mistakenly sent an email to almost 500 customers which revealed the email addresses of each recipient.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?


Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?


Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?


Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?


Does it have parental controls?


Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?


Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?


Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?


Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


Does it require an address (home or office) to use?


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?


Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Sonos claims it does not share your data with third parties. However, if you link Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to the speaker, those companies will have access to your listening preferences, browsing history, and possibly more. Be aware that this is a risk should you choose to purchase this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Sonos claims it does not share your personal data with third parties for commercial or marketing use.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Good sound quality.
  • Pairs well with other Sonos speakers.
  • Far-field microphone performs well.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Expensive.
  • Doesn't integrate well with other smart home devices.
  • No Bluetooth compatibility.

Final Thoughts

Sonos seems to do a decent job protecting the privacy of its users overall, as it does not share information with third parties. However, the company has been known to make silly mistakes through its own fault, such as revealing the email addresses of almost 500 users in a mass email. While on paper they claim to take privacy seriously, it may be necessary to consider if you want to risk Sonos making a mistake with your information again.

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